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High school students honored at annual science symposium
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five student presenters at the 36th annual Iowa Junior
Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held Feb. 20-21 at the University
of Iowa earned a trip to the National JSHS in Albuquerque, N.M. and a $500
scholarship to the University of Iowa.
The symposium was hosted by the Iowa Secondary Student Training Office
for 280 Iowa high school students and teachers.
Anna Wilhelm of West Central High School of Stuart took first place
with her presentation, "Bacillus thuringiensis: Comparing
Effectiveness of Two Cryl Protein Toxins and Spore-Toxin Combination,"
earning a $4,000 scholarship to a college of her choice. She will present
her paper at the National JSHS April 30-May 3. Wilhelm will compete with
47 other student researchers for a chance to participate at the World Symposium
in London to receive either the London International Youth Science Fortnight
Award or Academy scholarships totaling over $100,000.
Wilhelm's science teacher, Larry Schwinger, will be awarded $500 to
be used for books, supplies or equipment.
The other finalists are: Sara Rees, Marshalltown Senior High School,
Marshalltown, who placed second with "The Antibacterial Properties
of Lichens on Various Bacteria -- Phase II: Chromatographic Analysis of
Three Physcia stellaris Extractions"; and, in alphabetical
order, Carol Fassbinder, Valley Community, Elgin, "Effects of Acarapis
woodi on Apis mellifera -- Do Soybean Oil Patties Really Work?"; Connie
Kim, Bettendorf High School, Bettendorf, "Synaptogenesis Along Dendritic
Filopodia: An Investigation on Synaptic Migration Using Electron Microscopy";
and Jason Weirather, Central Lee High School, Donnellson, "The Effect
of Interference on Digital and Analog Signals."
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program has been held for
over three decades by the U.S. Department of the Army, the Office of Naval
Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and by the Academy
of Applied Science, Inc.